Missouri court rules student can sue Kansas City Public Schools for sex discrimination

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | 9:21 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — A panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled that a boy may file a sex discrimination lawsuit against Kansas City Public Schools for alleged sexual assaults by a fellow elementary student.

Tuesday's ruling marked the first time the appeals court has addressed whether the Missouri Human Rights Act allows a public school district to be sued for sex discrimination over actions involving two students.

The boy sued the school district over alleged sexual harassment and assaults by another boy in an elementary school restroom. He argued that school staff knew of the problems but failed to stop them.

A trial judge dismissed the lawsuit. But the appeals court said the boy's claim met the requirements of the Missouri Human Rights Act for filing a discrimination case.

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